Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 172

Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 172 - George Polya...

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George Polya was born in Budapest on December 13, 1887. Although he be- came known as a world famous mathe- matician, he did not show an early interest in mathematics. His lack of interest might be explained by his memory of three high school mathematics teachers: “two were despicable and one was good.” In 1905, Polya entered the University of Budapest, where he studied law at the insistence of his mother. After one very boring semester, he decided to study languages and literature. He earned a teaching certificate in Latin and Hungarian—and never used it. He became interested in philosophy and took courses in math and physics as part of his philosophy studies. He settled on mathematics, commenting that “I am too good for philosophy and not good enough for physics. Mathematics is in between.” He received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1912, which launched his career. Polya did research and taught at the University of Göttingen, the University of Paris, and the Swiss Federation of Technology in Zurich. While in Zurich
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